Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for August, 2007

Before I became interested in hearing research, I thought I was going to spend my career studying Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and worked at the Roskamp Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders at USF. AD is a major enigma in medicine due to the many contributing factors: genetic, lifestyle, and environmental; as well as differing times of onset…

Over My Dead Body

$4375.00The Cadaver Calculator – Find out how much your body is worth. From Mingle2 – Free Online Dating Mingle2 – Dating Site Maybe I should have done comparisons of before and after this weekend, and seen how my body depreciated in value. I tag Kevin, Steve, Karmen, and RPM.

So the idea was hatched a few months back in our seeeeeeecret SciBlogger back channel, that we really all wanted a vacation and to hang out for hours together in person instead of in the forums. This nebulous idea rapidly crystallized into a time and a place, with a loose schedule draped around long periods…

So by now some of you may have heard that SEED threw a nice bash for us ScienceBloggers, and a gaggle of us went up to New York City to do whatever it is that online bloggers do when they get together in real life. Well, as to the latter, it involved quite a few…

Why Is the Cochlea A Spiral?

The cochlea is the snail-shaped organ that mammals use to perceive and transduce sound, and is located deep in the inner ear. Hair cells lie on a membrane in the cochlea’s interior, and sound waves disperse through the fluid-filled spaces which contact the hair cells (for more on this go here). Many people in the…

A fantastic, and open-access, review paper just came out on the subject of surgical solutions to obesity which answered a lot of my questions regarding this growing area of treatment. Written by Kral and Naslund, who are both professors of surgery, it begins with the terse opener “Obesity is very prevalent.” Well, in America at…

[This is part of a series I'm doing here on Retrospectacle called 'Science Vault.' Pretty much I'm just going to dig back into the forgotten and moldering annuls of scientific publications to find weird and interesting studies that very likely would never be published or done today (and perhaps never should have.) I'll probably try…

The post I wrote last week on the neuroscience of ADHD generated a lot of interest and comments, with one of the main questions in the comments being ‘what are the testable neurological correlates’ of the condition. Joseph of Corpus Callosum has blogged a quite interesting study on the topic (thanks!) and I suggest you…

Cone snail shells are beautiful, but their venom is a potent cocktail used to paralyze passing fish. The venom is a witch’s brew of hundreds of novel compounds, many more than are found in snake venom (which has been used by science extensively as well). One compound in particular is a pain killer many times…

If I’m on a date (which believe me, doesn’t happen often) I can usually tell how its going by how, and how much, my date is smiling. Is the smile genuine or forced? Polite or flirty? Or worse yet, not smiling at all?? Either way, a lot of emotional content can be found in a…